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[No. a]
FAMILY,                     TAI GROUP.
NORA.
(DISTRICT SIBSAGAK,)
SPECIMEN II.
TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION.
SOME NOBi RIDDLES
1.           Ton    man      ka       lam      met.
Tree     Us   is-eqnal    rod    fishing.
Nok       pit     nan      ku       kha.
Bird    Turn   sleeps  every   branch.
Its tree is equal-to a fishing-rod, and the Tuni-bil'd sleeps on every branch.
Answer.—Ton-mdk-khu, the Binjal-tree.
2.           Mai-sang   lam-lung   fa      si      sik.
Bamboo        one      split four pieces.
Mm        si         son            lii        si      sik.
Encloses four   compounds   remains four  pieces.
One bamboo, split into four pieces, encloses four compounds, and still remains
four pieces.   Answer,—Mak-khu stik, a ripe Binjal.
3.           Sham    hang      nam           ma-lai.
Three   drams    water    does-nofarw.
Sham        i             ma-to             lai.
Three   women   do-not'weave   flowers.
Sham      than           ma-to                 me.
Three   old-men   do.not-cohabit   (with*any)-wifr-
Water does not ran through three drains,   Three women do not weave flowers.
Three old men do not cohabit with any wife.   Answer.—
H&ng-lang,                     hlStog-hok,
Back (of a man),      two grooves of a Toltha,
Tang-i-lam               mai-1,              pai
leaves of a certain jungle plant,    ikra-M   <wd
Kan-sau-sham hai.
Three kilns.